We had no idea it was anything but meaningless scribbles.
For the next two hours, the women talked delightfully about meaningless things that kept them laughing.
If he were now to leave Moscow like everyone else, his flight from home, the peasant coat, the pistol, and his announcement to the Rostovs that he would remain in Moscow would all become not merely meaningless but contemptible and ridiculous, and to this Pierre was very sensitive.
The inwardness of primitive religion is, however, non-existent for those who observe it as uninitiated strangers; whilst, again, it evaporates as soon as native custom breaks down under pressure of civilization, when only fragments of meaningless superstition survive: wherefore do travesties of primitive religion abound.
(2) We have meaningless expressions which are really mistranslations of the Hebrew.
Are you not weary of that stupid, meaningless, constantly repeated fraud?
Whatever the reason for his absence, the days were lonely and meaningless without him.
The skeleton is meaningless apart from reference to its function in the life of an organism, yet there are laws of skeleton structure which can be studied with most advantage if other characters of the organism are relegated to the background.
The five bishops in their Report, tracing the various vestments to their origins, conclude that they are meaningless in themselves, and therefore things indifferent.
Thus the simple answer of Peter in Mark would be meaningless, and it is replaced by "The Messiah, the son of the living God," which is no longer a recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus (this is treated in Matthew as an already recognized fact, cf.
Langeron lifted his eyes with an expression of perplexity, turned round to Miloradovich as if seeking an explanation, but meeting the latter's impressive but meaningless gaze drooped his eyes sadly and again took to twirling his snuffbox.
His intention of killing Napoleon and his calculations of the cabalistic number of the beast of the Apocalypse now seemed to him meaningless and even ridiculous.
The corporal frowned at Pierre's words and, uttering some meaningless oaths, slammed the door.
A month later he had the good fortune to recover copies of a silver boss, or hilt-top, offered to various museums about 1860, but rejected by them as a meaningless forgery and for a long time lost again to sight.
The monotony and lifelessness of this form of architecture are shown in the meaningless way in which details, suited only to the Venetian methods of veneering walls with thin marble slabs, are copied in the solid marbles of Verona.
A special feature of the Sakti cult is the use of obscure Vedic mantras, often changed so as to be quite meaningless and on that very account deemed the more efficacious for the acquisition of superhuman powers; as well as of mystic letters and syllables called bija (germ), of magic circles (chakra) and diagrams (yantra), and of amulets of various materials inscribed with formulae of fancied mysterious import.
reveals its secondary nature by some small and apparently meaningless complexity.
Note that for any determination of x, "x is an x" and "x is not an x," are neither of them fallacies but are both meaningless, according to this theory.
In both of these forts there was an apparently meaningless projection at the gorge.
Sunt Cogitationes has been regarded by thinkers who profess themselves Berkeleians as the one proposition warranted by consciousness; the empiricism of his philosophy has been eagerly welcomed, while the spiritual intuition, without which the whole is to Berkeley meaningless, has been cast aside.
The Spaniards had no longer any hope of adding Luxemburg to their Franche-Comt; while the Holy Roman Empire in Germany, taken in the rear by Sweden (now mistress of the Baltic and the North Sea), cut off for good from the United Provinces and the Swiss cantons, and enfeebled by the recognized right of intervention in German affairs on the part of Sweden and France, was now nothing but a meaningless name.
But now he felt that the universe had crumbled before his eyes and only meaningless ruins remained, and this not by any fault of his own.
The effect of this point of view in regard to moral perceptions is that they represent an important relative truth, but that philosophy " passes " beyond them " into a higher region, where imputation of guilt is " absolutely " meaningless " 2 - enseits des Guten and Bosen.
This exquisite familiarity with bird and beast would make us love the memory of Thoreau if his egotism were triply as arrogant, if his often meaningless paradoxes were even more absurd, if his sympathies were even less humanitarian than we know them to have been.
Again he urges, that since redemption is in Christ alone, and that, too, full redemption and on the basis of faith alone, the demand for asceticism and meaningless ceremonies is folly, and moreover robs Christ, in whom dwells the divine fulness, of His rightful supremacy (ii.
His mystic ceremonial became a guide to religious practice, and though with this there came in much meaningless and even bewildering formalism, yet the example of his life and character was a lasting inspiration to saintliness.
Further the exchange of garments was not meaningless, and the prohibition in Deut.
those referring to the administration of justice, the honour of the people, &c.; such clauses as these, however, were meaningless in view of the enlightened government which obtained in Cape Colony, and for the true " inwardness " of this document it is necessary to note Article 3, which distinctly speaks of the promotion of South Africa's independence (Zelfstandigheid).
Bradlaugh, who had attained some notoriety for an Bradlan b aggressive atheism, claimed the right to make an affirmation of allegiance instead of taking the customary oath, which he declared was, in his eyes, a meaningless form.
In fact, no acceptable scientific criterion emerges, and the outcome of Spencer's attempt to ascertain the laws of life and the conditions of existence is either a restatement of the dictates of the moral consciousness in vague and cumbrous quasi-scientific phraseology, or the substitution of the meaningless test of " survivability " as a standard of perfection for the usual and intelligible standards of " good " and " right."
They listened to the French sentences which to them were meaningless, with an air of understanding but not wishing to appear to do so.
After those involuntary words--that if he were free he would have asked on his knees for her hand and her love--uttered at a moment when she was so strongly agitated, Pierre never spoke to Natasha of his feelings; and it seemed plain to her that those words, which had then so comforted her, were spoken as all sorts of meaningless words are spoken to comfort a crying child.
Koheleth's scepticism (in the original form of Ecclesiastes) is deep-seated and far-reaching: though he is a theist, he sees no justice in the world, and looks on human life as meaningless and resultless.
II (read Sv rc,'ni for the meaningless 'nr -1,v).
Besides, nothing is gained by such a device, which would bring the year of the end of the second period down to the meaningless date 152, too late to refer to Onias.
To say that he was Machiavellian is meaningless, for every statesman is so more or less; especially in the 16th century men preferred efficiency to principle.
He therefore retained the now meaningless title of elector, with the predicate of "royal highness."
The funerary customs that have been described are meaningless except on the supposition that the tomb was the regular dwelling-place of the dead.
No doubt a large amount of variation is truly indefinite, so that many meaningless or useless variations arise, and in one sense it is a mere coincidence if a particular variation turn out to be useful.
The Kantian categories are, indeed, demonstrable and true, but their application to the given is meaningless and unthinkable.
So also if Kaf corresponds to the Babylonian Kappu, " hollow-hand," the Sabaean form which Hommel5 interprets as the outline of the hand with the fingers turned in and the thumb raised is a better pictograph than the various meaningless forms of k (&c.).
Not merely in these cases but continually did that old man--who by experience of life had reached the conviction that thoughts and the words serving as their expression are not what move people--use quite meaningless words that happened to enter his head.
It's another management buzzword that has become meaningless through brainless repetition.
Now we find that the whole time consuming process was a meaningless charade.
dogmatic that the universe is meaningless, especially when so few people around you really believe it.
Some are completely dominated by meaningless commercial drivel designed to exploit the darker side of human nature.
The Bishop's utter fatuity is stressed in these high-sounding but essentially meaningless words.
It is meaningless gibberish invented by Trudeau and his cabinet.
grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park.
Many of these would be meaningless unless the Allianz construction were adopted because the apparent cover for partial loss would otherwise be rendered illusory.
But they were merely a meaningless jumble of letters.
He was younger than the others; and, in a somewhat meaningless and altogether English way, he was a handsome lad.
legitimate to ask at what point a search becomes meaningless.
However, the absence of such material can in itself render the resource meaningless.
meaningless commercial drivel designed to exploit the darker side of human nature.
meaningless jumble of letters.
meaningless jargon, the English language is under attack from all sides.
meaningless pre-season friendlies.
meaningless rhetoric, marketing spiel for selling ribbons, t-shirts and rubber wristbands.
Something like ' Invalid File Offset ' will be utterly meaningless to most users.
Changing electoral boundaries over the twenty year period have made a longitudinal analysis of ward data virtually meaningless.
If we do not believe in God then we believe the world and our lives to be essentially meaningless.
Toss a seemingly meaningless question into the conversational stew.
A definite trend is evident... These data are are practically meaningless.
I mean what is the point in producing work which is totally meaningless to anyone else.
meaningless to ask about the author.
Without such global action, our national efforts at sustainable development will ultimately be rendered meaningless.
The data can become meaningless in the absence of a schema.
All of which had begun to seem meaningless to Faith, particularly now with the girls away.
In the present context, where there are no expected benefits for the participant, this phrase appears meaningless.
Short qualifications from other Colleges may in the long term prove meaningless.
meaningless in this context.
Would be meaningless service in european his failure to of sportswear outerwear.
render the resource meaningless.
Children were taught via rote learning and the prayer became meaningless ritualism to some.
If you're not single-minded and tough in these instances, your entrepreneurial activity is pretty meaningless.
This is meaningless rhetoric, marketing spiel for selling ribbons, t-shirts and rubber wristbands.
Then the pictures degenerate into, what are to us, meaningless squiggles.
starry-eyed idealists to go into areas like Dagenham with your meaningless slogans instead of concrete policies.
Content written with one on Google's listings is often stilted and dry, if not shallow and meaningless.
Everything is meaningless ' is the books opening tirade and the argument flows straight from these first principles.
tone-deaf person " meaningless " .
The use of pet names should generally be avoided as they can become meaningless and appear trite with the passing of time.
The absolutely unreal is only the ' son of a barren woman ' - a purely meaningless term.
And so the relentlessly upbeat but essentially meaningless promises go on.
However, without fuel for their armored vehicles, any success in the air was meaningless.
A large tame snake with a false human head, wound round Alexander's body as he sat in a shrine in the temple, gave " autophones " or oracles unasked, but the usual methods practised were those of the numerous oracle-mongers of the time, of which Lucian gives a detailed account, the opening of sealed inquiries by heated needles, a neat plan of forging broken seals, and the giving of vague or meaningless replies to difficult questions, coupled with a lucrative blackmailing of those whose inquiries were compromising.
But that it was destitute of any properly religious observance or meaning is inconceivable, for, though many of the religious ideas of the old Hebrews were crude, their institutions were never arbitrary and meaningless, and when they spoke of consecrating the Sabbath they must have had in view some religious exercise of an intelligible kind by which they paid worship to Yahweh.
These were at first purely symbolical, meaningless to any but a Christian eye, such as the Vine, the Good Shepherd, the Sheep, the Fisherman, the Fish, &c. Even the personages of ancient mythology were pressed into the service of early Christian art, and Orpheus, taming the wild beasts with his lyre, symbolized the peaceful sway of Christ; and Ulysses, deaf to the Siren's song, represented the Believer triumphing over the allurements of sensual pleasure.
If, however, we are more illnatured, we may regard the phrase, with Prantl, as simply a meaningless makeshift in extremities; and if so, Abelard's account of the subsequent decline of William's reputation would be explained.
the Persian tadjik was transcribed staggzig or " tiger-leopard," because the foreign term left untouched would have been meaningless for Tibetan readers); (b) the addition for the sake of uniformity of prefixed letters to words etymologically deprived of them; (c) the probable addition of letters by the Buddhist teachers from India to Tibetan words in order to make them more similar to Sanskrit expressions (for instance rje- for " king," written in imitation of raja, though the original word was je or she, as is shown by cognate languages).
The history of India during the remainder of the 3rd century is all but a blank, a confused record of meaningless names and disconnected events; and it is not until the opening of the 4th century that the veil is lifted, with the rise to supreme power in Magadha (A.D.
There were rules of interpretation, and they give expression to one dominant idea: there is an infinite potentiality in the words of the Old Testament, none is fortuitous or meaningless or capable of only a single interpretation, they were said for all time, " for our sake also " and " for our learning " (cf.
The list included hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen; but with improved methods these gases have been liquefied and even solidified, thus rendering the term meaningless (see Liquid Gases).
He himself seemed aware that his demand was meaningless.
The ancients have left us model heroic poems in which the heroes furnish the whole interest of the story, and we are still unable to accustom ourselves to the fact that for our epoch histories of that kind are meaningless.
He looked at their faces and figures, but they all seemed to him equally meaningless.
Napoleon, with his usual assurance that whatever entered his head was right, wrote to Kutuzov the first words that occurred to him, though they were meaningless.
If you 're not single-minded and tough in these instances, your entrepreneurial activity is pretty meaningless.
She challenged us starry-eyed idealists to go into areas like Dagenham with your meaningless slogans instead of concrete policies.
Content written with one on Google 's listings is often stilted and dry, if not shallow and meaningless.
Anterior pituitary hormone deficiency: renders results meaningless as, in particular, steroid and thyroxine deficiencies impair excretion of a free water load.
Music is either " meaningful " or to a tone-deaf person " meaningless ".
I had meaningless jobs and returned to college a year later.
Be careful of non-legitimate diploma mills offering meaningless degrees.
Duplicating the file is meaningless as long as the key is unavailable.
The initials were meaningless in the beginning but eventually were said to mean "Direct Mind Access" and finally "Doesn't Mean Anything".
Another drawback to this game is that you have to waste time in areas, like the town, where you have to do some meaningless tasks in order to move forward in the game.
Comfort is meaningless if the call quality is unacceptable.
Your question starts with disclosing that you engaged in meaningless sex with a person other than your partner.
You wonder, since it was meaningless for you if you should confess to your boyfriend.
While you may have had meaningless sex, I don't think your boyfriend would feel the same way.
The fact that you don't plan to engage in meaningless sex again doesn't minimize the consequences of your actions.
What can begin with meaningless flirting can escalate and become more than you had bargained for.
With many high quality synthetic and treated gems available in the marketplace, other classifications are relatively meaningless and a stone's certificate should outline all the necessary information to determine how precious it truly is.
With so many different ring styles available, it is meaningless to point out only a few samples of platinum rings sparkling with princess cut diamonds.
The true nature of ghost voices is difficult to discern, due to the fact that the events are so unpredictable, and at times even the words that the voices convey appear meaningless.
His sexual appetite was voracious, and he went through a string of brief, meaningless affairs with various women.
Without adequate consideration of a design, many people walk out of tattoo shops with generic, meaningless, bad tattoos.
Meaningless copy gems include "phone with digital security code," "all-digital answerer," or "spread spectrum technology."
Fortunately to most readers and watchers of science fiction, particularly those under the age of, say, thirty, the debate is perplexing and ultimately meaningless.
You can see the "meme" spread throughout your friends' profiles, and regardless of whether the results are silly, meaningless, or deep, it helps increase the feeling of community.
On the other end of the spectrum, though, are the surveys - whether created by a developer or a friend - that don't show much thought and seem meaningless or annoying.
Blogging or Social Media Site - While it's quickly becoming a meaningless buzzword, examples of social media include blogs, twitter, and other RSS-enabled sites.
It was this definite basis of ethical Mosaic religion to which the prophets of the 8th century appealed, and apart from which their denunciations become meaningless.
31) are not meaningless.
On the 7th of June he issued a decree conferring the dignity of viceroy on Eugene de Beauharnais, his stepson; but everything showed that Napoleon's will was to be law; and the great powers at once saw that Napoleon's promise to keep the crowns of France and Italy separate was meaningless.
If the Phylactolaemata were evolved from the type of structure represented by Phoronis or the Pterobranchia, the Gymnolaen ata should be a further modification of this type, and the comparative study of the embryology of the.two orders would appear to be meaningless.
was in great part due to the fundamental changes in the religion of Israel, which made private altar gifts and feasts almost meaningless.
In the third-order complex the centre locus becomes a finite closed quartic surface, with three (one always real) intersecting nodal axes, every plane section of which is a trinodal quartic. The chief defect of the geometrical properties of these bi-quaternions is that the ordinary algebraic scalar finds no place among them, and in consequence Q:1 is meaningless.
If these enclosing walls are made of anything else than perfectly conducting material, then the indications of the instrument may be uncertain and meaningless.
These additions are distributed throughout the book in the Greek, but in the Latin Bible they were relegated to the end of the canonical book by Jerome - an action that has rendered them meaningless.
In course of time this policy had the desired effect, though the expression "Borders" proved too convenient geographically to be dropped, the king's proposed amendment being in point of fact merely sentimental and, in the relative positions then and now of England and Scotland, meaningless.
I don't know if the lack of generally meaningless stock phrases is a risk.
Selectors will take refuge - if you let them - in meaningless platitudes.
Everything else read and sounded like meaningless babble to them.
He was without command of poetic form, and he could only be called a philosopher in an age when the term was used with such meaningless laxity as was customary in the 18th century.
For the belief that moral obligation is absolute in character, that it is alike impossible to explain its origin and transcend its laws, would make the search for a scientific criterion of conduct to be deduced from the laws of life and conditions of existence meaningless, if not absurd.
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